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GUBNA Imperial IPA - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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GUBNA Imperial IPAGUBNA Imperial IPA

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Reviews: 939
Hads: 2,780
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 16.58%
Wants: 99
Gots: 354 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Oskar Blues Grill & Brew visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: natelocc787 on 01-15-2010

Gubna was bred from Oskar Blues Brewery’s hankering to confront 100+ IBUs by cranking up the complexity of hops by pouring Cascade on top of copious amounts of Summit, then balancing that with a backbone of German Dark Munich Malt and Rye Malt. GUBNA’s post-fermentation dry-hopping with both hops allows this monstrosity to gently coax the citrus rind and grapefruit aroma while providing a rye malt-induced, spicy-yet-round middle, and a brisk, clean bitter finish (10 percent ABV, 100+ IBUs).
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Photo of DaverCS
4.22/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Canned on 3/6/15, consumed on 5/30/15.

Aroma is almost exactly like a can of pineapple. It has that slightly off sour-sweetness paired with the traditional pineapple aroma.

Taste is very tropical. No one fruit pulls through though. I do get peach, pineapple, mango, and a green grape juice. The beer is bitter and slightly thick, but the alcohol is actually more present to me than anything. Not just a warmth but also a pungent bite.

Overall the beer is a strange match up. It is good, but the alcohol hit definitely brings the beer down in quality. I would say it is not worth the money. It would pair well with Jamaican jerk chicken and a green papaya-pineapple salad. It gets a 84/100. (693 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.15/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this beer is awesome, so much better than i remember it being when i first moved out here, and i have heard from multiple sources that it has gotten a face lift recently, a tweak to the hop bill, and maybe that accounts for the changes, but they are all positive here. this beer is just delicious, i think the best regular release from these guys by head and shoulders. its hazy pale yellow in color, looking unsuspicious in the glass, under a full inch of slowly fading white foam. it smells like canned pineapple juice, straight up, with perhaps a floral hop hint, but the juiciness of this is insane. very little malt character in the nose or even in the taste, so this is just a juicy hop explosion, and its a unique one. there maybe some citra or mosaic or something, but the dosing and the timing and the blend is what makes this as awesome as it is. its got so much pineapple in the finish i really cant taste anything else, and it goes for miles. i dont miss the grain really, and i could drink these like 5% abv beers, as there is no trace of its alcohol strength. i could really get into trouble with these. this seems like the most well crafted beer these guys do, like a lot of thought and refinement went into it, and it gives me some restored faith in a brewery who was on the edges of irrelevant to my beer geekiest side. this beer is incredible, one of the best big ipas our state has to offer. if you wrote it off awhile ago like i did, you owe it to yourself to give it a second chance. im going to keep this one stocked for awhile. (1,550 characters)

Photo of CraigP83
4.29/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hazy yellow, huge head. Nose is pineapple and other tropical fruits almost like a fruity island drink. Taste is boozy coconut water, again tropical, very unique. Has heavy ethanol presence. Good hop bitterness (209 characters)

Photo of larryarms847
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a bright and clean golden orange with a nice finger of straight white lacing foam.

Tons of citrus fruit in the aroma, some light but sweet caramel notes, and some light spice notes.

Orange and grapefruit zest right up front, spicy rye, toasted biscuity malts, and some light caramel-like sweetness.

Light-medium bodied, medium carbonation, citrus and spice.

Overall, while I thought this brew was good, the price tag is a little high. (444 characters)

Photo of nizzle8287
4.95/5  rDev +32.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Wow. Last can I had of this was the summer of 2014 and it was delicious. It appears they have changed the recipe in a positive way, perhaps lending an even more delicious and perfected recipe.

Poured into my mug at around 55 degrees, the first thing I noticed is that this beer is filtered... The old Gubna I believe was unfiltered. Nice and thick almost white head dwindled down to a half finger head with bubbles still coming up to retain the half finger. This beer is clear and very light orange in color.

Smell is amazing and smacks me in the face with complex hop characteristics... I get pine, light citrus, dank sweetness, malts are there, but the hops overpower.

Tastes exactly what a DIPA should taste like. Definitely high IBUs coming out in this one with dank citrus hop bitterness. Less pine in the taste than in the smell. Seems to coat my mouth with an even layer of hop bitterness that lingers for several minutes. Less rye presence than what I remember from the old Gubna, but still a bit on the spicy side.

Alcohol presence is definitely here, but more pleasant in this new version than before. Medium-high carbonation that makes it sparkle in the mouth...

Overall this one goes straight to the dome. I'm half a beer in and holy cow I just want more! This re-formulation has very much shifted it into the typical world-class DIPA category in my honest opinion. The new hop regiment plus the filtering (which i could have done without) Really makes the presentation much different than what I remember about the old formula. Old formula for me was a 90, this one is a 98. Great job Oskar Blues!!! (1,637 characters)

Photo of SPLITGRIN
3.91/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This one is relatively fresh as it was canned on 04/02/15. I had been wanting to try this one for awhile but at $15 a four pack I hadn't pulled the trigger till now.

Strong pour gets me three fingers of off white head that is big an fluffy. The head has solid retention. Body is best described as brilliant orange. Very vibrant in color. Nose is of a very strong citrus consistency. It represents the rind, pulp and juice very well. Flavor is of muted citrus and resin based tree sap. It is very thick on the mouthfeel. Reminds me of a mixture of orange and grapefruit pulp. Overall not bad but it really doesn't hold serve to what the nose promised. (661 characters)

Photo of Beer_Loving_Brandon
4.5/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is an odd (in a good way) beer.

Look? Unknown. I drank it out of the can like the peasant that I am. Cans are fine with me and the can art is okay I guess.

Smell? I can't figure out what the hell it smells like. Pineapple half the time, but the other half it smells like contents unknown.

Taste? Tastes great. Not even a hint of the relatively high ABV. Not nearly as hoppy as I expected either. Certainly not a palate wrecker. The slightest hint of pineapple is present. This is a cryptic beer.

Overall, great. Buy it where you see it. Says it is an imperial IPA, but I have a hard time placing it there...or anywhere.

Feel? Very smooth - light beer smooth. (669 characters)

Photo of do_ob
4.19/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. can into a snifter. Pours a semi-hazy copper color with about 1/2 a finger of white foam. Sweet, floral notes on the nose along with strong grapefruit and citrus. Underlaying pine creeps in there somehow. Big bitterness up front on the taste follwed by bittersweet fruit and pine. Medium-light weight and pretty smooth mouthfeel. Finishes watery with leftover bitterness and pine resin.

Pretty darn good. I'd say at an 86 rating, this one is a hair underrated. If you're a fan of big, hoppy IIPAs, give this one a try. I'd prefer a little more citrus and fruit on the taste to balance it out, but it's still darn good. (626 characters)

Photo of BethanyB
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look: a hazy orange Amber, with a bubbly off-white head.

Smell: at first whiff, this surprising scent resembles blueberry muffins and bubblegum, happily corrupted by a shot of whiskey.

Taste: the blueberry and biscuit is still there, but is countered by a healthy hop bitterness. The resinous hop flavor goes well with the spicy rye malt, but the presumably unplanned berry flavor doesn't feel at home.

Mouthfeel: distinctly creamy, with no more than a mild amount of carbonation. A bit thick for the style--a lighter body would be a more appropriate accompanist for the fruit and spice.

Overall: an Oskar experiment with unexpected results; I doubt the team was going for blueberry muffins. Though it's not bad at all, it's somewhat strange fruit, and just one taste test is enough for me. (799 characters)

Photo of Panda_Brew
4.81/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Oskar Blues - Gubna
'Ello Gubna! This beer kicks ass, that's pretty much it.
Even opening the can releases a stone fruit, sappy, citrusy fragrance.
A: Frothy creamy beige head with a crystal clear toasted gold body and tiny bubbles rising up in mini streams.
S: Those sappy citrus and stone fruit notes are right up front with a hint to tropical oakiness - which is really cool.
T: Magical. . . it's simply, yet complexly, great. It's so clean with the hops as sweet as candy, the oak adds a whole layer to substitute the missing malts. Tropical hops, pine hops, stone fruit hops, candy hops, dank hops, citrus hops, all are present in this chief - all well represented and working together to kick so much ass that it's time to look for a new pair of boots.
M: Super clean with a medium carbonation which works with the medium/thick body to make it dance. The booziness and hop tang leave a nice tingle while performing a self palate cleanse to get ready for the next swig.
O: One of my favorite IPA's: not overly bitter, but hoppy as all - the focus is all on hops in this, the malts are non existent, but to keep it from being boring the oak grants the contrast needed to keep it from being another boring gimmick where hops are just dumped with out regard (not the cool, reckless abandon lack of regard. . . walking into traffic with out looking kind of cavalier). Awesome job guys, 96 (1,405 characters)

Photo of Beric
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Serving: Sampler at Gordon's Fine Wine and Liquor in Waltham, MA
Served: 1 May 2015

Appearance: Pours a dark kind of ugly reddish-brown color with a thin head that quickly collapses into nothingness under influence of the high ABV.

Smell: The malts are so big in this one, the hop notes are almost subdued underneath an oppressive cloying sweetness.

Taste: Huge, sweet, caramelly malt notes and some aggressive citrus and piney hops to go on top. Finishes medium-sweet.

Mouthfeel: Massive.

Overall: A decent beer, but one I wouldn't grab all too often. Much sweeter malt profile than other DIPAs. (601 characters)

Photo of kbwalters
3.94/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured cold into a tulip glass. Bottled on 3/6/15, consumed on 3/18/15.
Look = 4.25 Pours a clear golden color with 3.5 fingers of just off white head. Great retention and lace.
Aroma = 4.0 Hop forward but somewhat mild and balanced. Fruity notes mixed with piney earthy hop notes, sweet candy and a bready, rye malt backbone.
Taste = 3.75 Orange rind, grapefruit, pine and the rye adds a hint of spice; significant bitter finish lingers into the aftertaste.
Feel = 4.25 Medium to full bodied, syrupy and resiny. Medium carbonation, a substantial feel to this one.
Drinkability = 3.5 High ABV and bitter, not great taste decreases drinkability.
Overall = 3.9625 A nice looking DIPA with a solid aroma and feel, but I didn’t really get into it that much. The taste doesn’t come together well enough. (811 characters)

Photo of hophugger
4.32/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours an amazing royal gold color with 2 fingers of head with miniscule bubbles and thick, all over the glass lacing clinging for as long as possible. Aroma is of orange cream, pineapple, mango, pineapple and hop resin. Taste is large and in charge with flavors of cream, orange, papaya, pineapple, sweet malts and a bold hit of hop bitterness. This beer is full-flavored and for the high abv(10.00), it stays hidden more than I would have expected. This beer has an amazing balance and the aftertaste is lighter than expected, but still there to remind you of the great brew that you just drank !! (598 characters)

Photo of Onemoresolo
4.59/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

[3/12/15 can]

Smells like dank pineapple with a slight hint of alcohol. This is going to be good.

It tastes like... everything. There's lots of pineapple here, with peach, lemongrass, and a general tropical fruit flavor throughout. There's no sign of the alcohol content (i.e. cloying sweetness or over-the-top heat). Pleasantly surprised, since I expected a can full of onions. Definitely a memorable brew that I can't help but gulp down. (441 characters)

Photo of beerfootfreak
4.31/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Holy shit! This can is unlike anything I expected. The aromas subdued but sweetly slinking it's neck out of the can. I'm endeared to a second deep repugnant sniff. I dash to the snifter the only way to enjoy a hopped sick liquid of this caliber. It pours a golden glow inebriated with an orange hue. Not much head but I poured 'err slow. I'm left with not quite delicate lacing quaffably scattered throughout my glass. The sweet, boozy malt invades my nose laced with insane tropical hop tastes. Coconut, mango, nothing like I expected. This fucker tastes like the goddamn piña colada of IPAs. Beseech me for howling from the mountain but high aces on this mountain high super hopped DIPA! (690 characters)

Photo of bigbeerfan
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look - Pours copper with a fluffy white head

Smell - Pineapple. It took me a while to zero in on what it was I was smelling but once I identified it I couldn't smell anything else.

Taste - Not very hop forward. Much more malt than hops. IBUs are hidden as is the 10%ABV. This one will sneak up on you if you're not careful.

Feel - Nice body. Appropriate for the style.

Overall - Not a bad beer but probably not one I'll go out of my way for. (445 characters)

Photo of Pegasus
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear light orange in color, with a prominent, finely-beaded white head, with good retention. Thick lacing coats the glass walls in an unbroken sheet.

Aroma: Very prominent grapefruit rind dominates the aroma, though there are some lesser pine tar notes to be had. The malt offers up what would normally be a strong wave of sweet caramel, but it is utterly overwhelmed by the hops. The high ABV (10.0%) makes its presence known by a gracious and understated vinous note,quite free of solvent aromas..

Taste: Opens with a surge of tropical and citrus, particularly grapefruit flavors, which overlay a strong malt backbone of sweet caramel and rye. As the taste progresses, sweet alcohol, caramel malt, and a massive hop presence struggle for supremacy. In the end, its a three-way standoff. Why am I thinking of the triangular standoff at the end of The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly? A lingering citrus hops presence brings the taste to a pleasant close.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft and velvety, very full.

Drinkability/notes: Quite over-the-top, a bit much for my taste, but well done, nonetheless.

Presentation: Packaged in a standard twelve-ounce aluminum can, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice. (1,217 characters)

Photo of Beer-Revelry
4.63/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Dogfish Head IPA glass.

A - 4.5 - Pours just a few shades of orange darker than your standard gold domestic beer. Forms an easy 2 fingers of slightly off-white, dense creamy head. High head potential, medium/high head retention. Nice thick solid walls of lacing.
S - 4.5 - Tart pear, spice, honey, honeysuckle, grapefruit, hops, orange, apple and light touches of mango and pineapple.
T - 4.75 - No traces of alcohol whatsoever, very impressive. Slightly tart, medium sweet citrus beginning with a lightly bitter hoppy finish. Reminds me of Avery's Maharaja, and that's a good thing!
F - 4.75 - Nice medium/full, thicker mouthfeel.
O - 4.5 - A very smooth and deceptively easy drinking IPA. As far as sessioning doubles goes, this is one of the most sessionable imperial IPAs I've had! Highly recommended! (820 characters)

Photo of huntley101888
4.39/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This can is a replacement from the brewery for an issue that I had with a previous can. With that having been said, I will get on with the review.

Poured into another brewery's tulip glass. Deep golden color with off white head. Crystal clear.

Smell is subtle. Not a lot of hop forward scents. Smells "sweet" and somewhat boozy. You would expect some boozy smell out of a 10% beer.

Tastes sweet as it hits the tongue. Tropical fruit flavor (not sure which ones - maybe mango). Bitterness hits the back of your tongue as you swallow and that is paired with an ever so slight boozy hotness. Very slight. This hides it more than a comparable beer, Hi-Res from Sixpoint.

Mouthfeel is thick, which is expected out of this full body DIPA.

Overall this is a very good double IPA. As I mentioned before, I would compare it to something like Sixpoint's Hi-Res. The price point near my house ($15.49/4-pack) makes this a few and far between type of beer, but if I saw it at a restaurant, I would certainly order it. (1,010 characters)

Photo of BigD1975
4.58/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I really like this beer by Oscar Blues, looks like a cloudy golden beer, tastes a little hoppy, but overall a really good beer. I have never had a bad Oscar Blues beer. (169 characters)

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.06/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gubna

Served in a Belgian tulip at Nob Hill Bar and Grill in Albuquerque.

Cloudy orange and yellow liquid and a pale white frothy head. A little muddled but otherwise nice. 4

Piney floral and citrusy sweet aroma. Big sweetness, big aroma. Delicious. 4.25

Berry flavors, light zesty citrus, pineyness. Good medley of flavors that work well together. Maybe a touch too much solvent flavor. 4

Big malty body feel, sweet and a bit tangy, and pretty mellow on the
bitterness. 4 (477 characters)

Photo of BEERMILER12
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Canned on 03/12/15

A: Pours a copper color with 2+ fingers of head that fades down to a thin ring around the glass that leaves some nice lacing

S: Citrus, light pine, and some sweetness up front. Some light maltiness comes through as well, but it's mostly candied hops

T: Follows the nose, but much more balanced. Starts off with some citrus and goes into some lightly spicy rye malt and pine notes. A light sweetness is present throughout, as well as a moderate bitterness. Finishes with lingering rye and some citrus rind

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Fairly smooth

O: A nice combination of hops and spicy rye, with the citrus and spiciness really standing out. The 10% and 100+ IBUs are masked extremely well, especially under the rye. Glad they got rid of the summit this year, as the onion/garlic could definitely throw the balance off a bit. Definitely worth trying now, though (902 characters)

Photo of IPAhipster
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Smells good, the taste can be a little dissapointing because it does not follow the nose, as their Pale Ale this is very malt heavy and bitterness not your typical DIPA, it does a REALLY good job hiding it's 10%. (212 characters)

Photo of micromaniac129
3.91/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Very aromatic with plenty of tropical notes as well as stone fruits.
Very citrusy, grapefruit, passionfruit and pineapple can easily be scented.
To bad it doesn't translate well to the taste for the taste is really more malts and hop bitterness.
Pours a sunset amber with a tall head. (284 characters)

Photo of RyanK252
3.69/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Can poured into an Oskar Blues pint glass Canned

A: Pours golden yellow with a creamy off white head that hangs around and laces well.

S: Fruity, peach and melon, tropical fruit, a touch herbal, and big caramel malt sweetness.

T: Fruity melon, honeydew, cantaloupe, peach, and pear, a little spicy, a touch of pine, some dankness, a little citrus, hints of tropical fruit, and big caramel malt sweetness. A little alcohol on the finish.

M: Towards the heavier end of medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: There's a whole lot going on in this one, but I can't say I'm a huge fan. The fruitiness combined with the malt sweetness can be overwhelming. It really needs something like strong grapefruit to help balance it.

The 2015 edition features Galena, Columbus, Sorachi Ace, El Dorado, Comet, and Chinook hops. (818 characters)

GUBNA Imperial IPA from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
84 out of 100 based on 939 ratings.